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Children celebrate loose teeth because they are a sign of growing up, and, for many kids, when teeth fall out they are rewarded by gifts from the tooth fairy.

For adults, the opposite is true. Loose teeth are an issue that needs attention as soon as possible. Why? Loose teeth can lead to tooth loss – which has an impact your oral health.

What causes teeth to become loose?

  1. Gum disease is the most common cause of loose teeth in adulthood. The inflammation that’s caused by bacteria and plaque buildup can break down the bone supporting your teeth. When enough bone is lost, the teeth lose their support and become loose.
  2. Injury or trauma is another cause of loose teeth. In this case, if you act quickly, loose teeth caused by an accident can very often be salvaged
  3. Occlusal trauma is also a scenario that can cause teeth to become loose. Chronic teeth clenching and grinding puts unnatural forces upon your teeth, essentially wearing them out and causing them to loosen.

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You can prevent loose teeth

Healthy gums and strong teeth are a key component to a lifetime of good oral health.

  • The first step in preventing loose teeth is to keep your gums healthy with regular brushing, flossing, dental exams and professional cleanings.
  • If you are a sports enthusiast, consider an athletic mouthguard. This is especially true if you participate in contact sports or ones in which you may sustain a fall..
  • If you are a nighttime tooth grinder, a nightguard can help lessen the forces placed upon your teeth. Because this subconscious activity often occurs while you are sleeping – hence unaware of it – Chestermere dentist Dr Lowry can help you determine if tooth grinding is behind your loose teeth.

Keep your teeth for life

Tooth loss is not an inevitable part of the aging process. In fact, with good oral health it is possible to keep your natural teeth well into your golden years.

If you are suffering from loose teeth or if you would like to learn more about preventing your teeth from becoming loose, please schedule a consultation.

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